Family LIteracy Night

Marvin Wright takes families to the stars

In collaboration with Read to Succeed, Family Literacy Programs provide an avenue for the Elementary & Special Education Department to furnish support for the local schools in the areas of literacy education and family involvement.  Faculty members plan and coordinate with the local principals and/or literacy coaches to choose a featured book (or books) and address the specific literacy needs (phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, etc.) of their children and families.  Then, under the supervision of the faculty members, MTSU pre-service teachers organize, plan, and lead literacy activities which incorporate math, art, music, social studies, etc. and relate to the featured book(s).   

In addition to fostering the importance and enjoyment of reading, these events allow the local schools to support and build community with their children’s families.  It is a great opportunity for the university to serve and build connections with the families and the local schools as well. 

Integrated Curriculum Conference

Integrated Curriculum Conference Information

Play Symposium

The Play Symposium theme for April 2017 was "Play Culture." We explored the outdoors, as well as stepped outside of the “playground norm” to incorporate play outside of the classroom. Outstanding educators served on a panel as well as exciting breakout sessions were provided for participants. 

Play Symposium-"Play Culture"- 2017 Photos


Math Literacy Nights

Math Literacy Nights Information

Invention Convention

The Invention Convention is an annual competition for public and private school fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children. The overall mission is to provide a fun and unique way for children to engage in divergent thought. The competition requires that the students actually make their inventions using their own creative imaginations. It is hoped that the development of such inventions will help integrate many of the content areas taught in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade curricula.

Children are asked to invent a product from a specific set of conditions in either category: inventions that are games or inventions that will somehow make our lives easier.

Judges are asked to rank their top three choices for each category in each grade level. There will be 3 winners from each category in each grade level.

Winners receive trophies while every child with an invention entry receives a certificate of participation and the featured invention for the convention. Special recognition for sponsors’ favorites, best group invention, best individual invention, and best presentation will also be awarded for each category and grade level. It is our goal that every child leaves MTSU feeling like a winner!

Contact: Dr. Tracey Huddleston